Thursday, 20 January 2011

Gifts from my husband


I mentioned in my last post that I was making a shirt for my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary (hopefully I will show you this in my next post). Some years we tend to make an effort with anniversary presents and some years we don't, depending on whether we can think of something that is just right to give. This year he surprised me by ordering some fabric for me from Liberty featuring Lauren Child designs (of Charlie & Lola wonderfulness). I had shown him the new Liberty collections a few weeks ago as we both love her work, as well as that of Quentin Blake who was also asked to design for Liberty, and it was a complete delight to see their designs translated onto fabric. You can read more about them on the Liberty blog.


The brighter print at the top of this post is destined to become a summer top for me, perhaps based on this pattern. The design featuring trees I put straight to use and worked into the Negroni shirt that I made for my husband (the shirt pattern didn't arrive until after our anniversary...so his gift is a belated one) so that snippets of it appear inside: I thought that it might be nice to have a secretly tree-lined neck.


This is not the only fabric-related bit of goodness that my husband has been up to recently though - for Christmas he made me some beautiful fabric coasters. He ended up learning back stitch, running stitch and ladder stitch - quite impressive for a man who has never touched a sewing needle before (apart from to remove the occasional stray needle that I leave in our bed. They regularly seem to implant themselves in the thickness of the duvet and their presence is only discovered when they pierce someone having broken through to the other side of it...I am always stunned by Mr Teacakes' good humour in the event of these unprovoked attacks).


Having raided my fabric drawers, he stitched these entirely by hand. He picked fabrics that might represent each season so that I can use them in rotation at my sewing desk.


A few days after Christmas I asked him where he'd found the paper that he had layered in between the coasters...he'd apparently bought them especially. I felt more surprised by this than the actual coasters in some ways...that he has noticed that it's not just about what something is: it's the way it arrives; the way it is packaged; the details that are remembered even after they have been discarded, that really make me love something.


So it is a decade that we have been married and nearly fifteen years since I met him as an eighteen year old and he is still surprising me and still paying attention to what makes me really happy. And it is this that makes me feel incredibly lucky and makes me think that he is so fiercely fine. This, and his cheekbones.

Florence x

21 comments:

  1. I am so impressed, what a wonderful husband.

    I got a printer so that I could print M is for make address labels rather than hand write them as I had been doing for my last wedding anniversary present. Thoughtful yes, but perhaps not as lovely to look at!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You have the dearest husband I do believe! Please clone him and send him to me promptly :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is so touching and sweet! Not to mention well done. Love that.
    And you are just as thoughtful, with your thinking it might be nice to have a secretly tree-lined neck. Ha! :) You two are adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Isnt' it amazing Florence, the MOMENT i clicked onto this post and saw that first picture, the word 'Liberty" went flashing through my mind ... yet, how can we tell from a photo that that new print and familiar texture is unmistakably Liberty ... Amazing .. I am going to Liberty next weekend and I have a £50 Liberty coin to spend so you can guess where i'll be headed!! That's another thing .. whenever I go to the LIberty fabric department, there always seems to be an inordinate number of arabic ladies fully covered head to toe buying cotton lawn by the 10's of metres as if it was cheap calico ... I wonder what they look like in all that floral glory underneath those all hiding black veils ...

    ReplyDelete
  5. What an amazing husband! Those are such very special gifts.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is the best gift you can ever get, something made for you and thinking on you, from your loved one.
    I will show this post to my husband to give him some ideas for our next anniversary... ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a lovely post! Happy Anniversary!

    ReplyDelete
  8. just read this to hubby and he says not to expect him to live up to your hubby's standards! lol
    you are a lucky woman.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ahh...how thoughtful is Mr Teacakes, you are a lucky lady :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am so impressed! I would hate to see my husband's fabric selection-I know it would be horrid. Surprisingly, he can sew on a button, however, not that I have seen him actually do it in the last 20 yrs! Oh well, he's a good cook!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh wow - that is seriously impressive. I need to borrow Mr Teacakes and send him down to the pub with my husband so he can teach my husband a few things! Happy anniversary.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh my! I didn't think such men existed. You are indeed very lucky.

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a wonderful husband, so thoughtful.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh my word, your post brought a tear to my eye! I didn't realise the male species held such specimens - I believe your husband can be termed a 'keeper'.
    I hope you enjoy many more years being so thoughtful and considerate of each other.

    I'm so jealous that you already have some of Lauren Child's fabric; I've been sighing over it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. He buys gorgeous fabric AND makes things for you?? I thought that only happened in chick flicks...

    ReplyDelete
  16. What beautiful fabric and what a lovely aniversary present but your Christmas present! I am stunned by the beauty and originality of those little coasters, named for the seasons and interleaved with such special paper. So wonderful

    C x

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a lovely husband! It is so nice when they notice those little details. He's a keeper, obviously! ;) And learning to sew too - you'll be collaborating in no time!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh My Goodness, what a lovely and thoughtful gift the coasters are. The fabrics are lovely too, but there is a difference between being able to buy something really lovely and making something with your own hands.

    It is dobbly touching that he didn't even secretly borrow a machine to do the job, but handstitched, aaah and ooh for that.

    Belated happy anniversary and I hope that you will have many, many years together.

    ReplyDelete
  19. So so so sweet that he sewed for you!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message - it's always really lovely to hear from people.

I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x